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Hey there everybody,
Need your help!  I've always been advised in the past to use local phone numbers instead of trackable toll-free phone numbers for online listings such as Google Places.  Which is the best way to go and why?
Thanks DE Community for your valued input - always appreciated & I look forward to your thoughts.

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Hi James,


I do a lot of Google places optimaztion for local businesses, and the first thing you need to do when verifying your account is provide your official business phone number to have the code verify you. After you have access they will allow you to alter the phone number but it requires mail card code verification. My advice is to leave it with your static number so you dont need to change in the future. The places account can link to a website where you can more easily change your number to toll free or otherwise


Jason Roper

VP Business Development

Right Leads, Inc


All of my stores' Places accounts are already claimed & verified...was really just wanting reaffirmation that using a local phone number on a Places listing is better than an 800#. Thanks for your input though, and thanks to all of the tweets & direct email I received on this...appreciate it.
I have an direct email from the Google Local support team and they clearly state to use a local number.
Thanks Brian...exactly what I have always done. Some people in this world try to throw their ideas around when they really do not know what they're talking about, if ya know what I mean. Haha.

I REALLY wanted to try to make #DSES, but won't be able to...good news - we have two new stores opening, and there's just too much to do in getting those going. Have a great summit!
James then please plan on attending the 2012 Digital Marketing Strategies Conference Feb 1-3rd in Las Vegas just prior to NADA.  Come out and attend both conferences!
You can purchase local tracing numbers. Best of both worlds!


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